Walnuts Could Aid Patients With Diabetes

by Medindia Content Team on  December 8, 2004 at 4:15 PM General Health News
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Walnuts Could Aid Patients With Diabetes
A new study shows that low low-density lipoprotein, also known as LDL or "bad" cholesterol, could be reduced by 10 percent thereby improving the relative amounts of "good" cholesterol. Researchers say a diet that includes between eight and 10 walnuts a day could deliver the right kind of fats and fatty acids that might also help combat insulin resistance, which is associated with early stage type 2 diabetes.

A team of dieticians developed individualized diets for about 60 people with type 2 diabetes for a six-month study.The diets were based on the core food groups of cereals and breads, fruits and vegetables, lean meat, fish, low-dairy products, oils, avocados, peanut butter, and nuts. Each diet in the treatment group included 30 grams of walnuts each day, which is the equivalent of between eight and 10 walnuts.

Thus researchers conclude saying that Walnuts are an easy and convenient way of getting polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids into the diet especially for people with diabetes because they're a simple snack food, which is an integral component of managing the diet in diabetes.

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